A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Beer and hearing about her program of improving the quality of meals in aged care. At that time the program was in its early stages, and the enthusiasm Maggie showed for her program then has certainly continued, and grown, to the present.
This August, celebrity cook Maggie Beer is inviting chefs and cooks within the aged care industry to her hometown of the Barossa as she aims to cook up some inspiration with her ‘Creating an Appetite for Life’ program.
Since it’s conception in 2014, the program has travelled across Australia to Sydney, Melbourne, Northern NSW and of course Maggie’s home in the Barossa, where it aims to provide hands-on education in the kitchen as well as hopes to inspire change within the industry.
Now, the program, which is open to just 30 chefs and cooks, is returning to where it all began to provide a new learning and networking opportunity – an aspect of the program that Maggie says means the most to her.
“This program is something that I really enjoy taking across the country – it’s important,” she says.
“For me, it is really vital to give those working as a chef or cook in the busy aged care industry information as well as motivation and a pat on the back for the wonderful work that they do.”
As part of the education component for the program, leading experts join Maggie for presentations, including HammondCare’s Executive Chef Peter Morgan-Jones.
“I’ve been a part of all Maggie’s programs and the most important aspect to them is to inspire the chefs and cooks and let them know that they are doing a great job,” he says.
“The programs have all been wonderful and Maggie always finds great speakers who are there to offer some information and give them ideas on how they can go back and make positive changes.
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